Sterilization, sanitation, and disinfection are some of the best ways to mitigate the risks, and are vital to every successful barber.
The importance of barbers hand-washing
Is infection prevention and control important?
Yes, it is paramount that barbers prevent and control infection in the barbershop as it minimizes the risk of customers contracting an infection or disease which might arise as a result of improper or lack of cleaning,
lack of sanitary observance and lack of sterilization of working tools.
Methods used for infection control
When it comes to the control of infection, rules and regulations are made as it relates to the state.
The methods adopted are the sterilization and disinfection of working tools and both holds different regulations.
With this it is of great importance that we know the specific laws governing where barbering is located.
Sterilization –This process involves the direct removal or destruction of microorganism from working tools through steam application or heat.
The primary germs which may be of concern are bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Blood borne pathogens: There are many germs that can be transmitted by blood and they include hepathetis B and HIV.
Cleaning and sterilizing barbering tools and equipment
Store items away from contamination – should in case Items like towels, combs, brushes, linens, are not being used, they should be stored in a closed enclosed container or areas to prevent them from being contaminated.
Prevention of transmission